If laughter is the best medicine, then Albert Nerenberg wants to take you to med school. The documentary filmmaker who has brought about such films as Stupidity and Escape To Canada has recently turned his camera lens towards laughter. And now, after all his research, he is teaching Advanced Laughter Workshops to show people how to laugh.
He started out his research going to Laughter Yoga classes, which suggests that most of us are amateur laughers. Granted, everyone knows how to laugh, chuckle, and giggle, but according to Nerenberg’s research, there are more than 1000 ways to laugh. “Laughing apparently has surprising healing properties including stress reduction, strengthening of the immune system and the lightening of moods,” says Nerenberg.
Nerenberg learned that you don’t even need humour to bring about laughter and joy, and the more you do the exercises, the more you tend to laugh and feel joy. “By practicing joy, it seems, you become more joyful, which kind of makes sense,” he says.
After teaching some of the Laughter Yoga classes himself, he felt that the classes themselves were not thorough enough. So he combined improv, Laughter Yoga, and Chi Gong to create an advanced workshop that he jokingly calls Laughercize.
The workshops takes place on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. from March 6 to March 27 at The Centre for The Arts. For more information you can check out their blog or call 416-926-8886.
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